Audience members will likely recognize many of the stories that will play out on the Perry Performing Arts Center stage on April 5 and 6.
“I just think they’re going to love seeing all the characters and the familiar stories that they may know from Dr. Seuss,” said Jenn Nelson, one of the Perry High School musical directors.
Perry High School will present “Seussical” at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6. Nelson and Randy Peterson are directing this year’s musical.
One of things they looked for in a script, Nelson said, was a mass appeal for a wide range of ages.
“We wanted to make sure we had something that families could come to, old and young, and that everybody felt like they could relate to it and everybody knows Dr. Seuss,” she said.
Including the high school students cast as various Seuss characters. Those characters include the Grinch, Horton the elephant, the Cat in the Hat, Thing One and Thing Two and many more.
“We have a really good cast and our cast really brings those characters alive,” said junior Avery Miner, a member of the tech crew.
Sophomore Ainsley Marburger plays JoJo the Who. She didn’t have any trouble finding her character, as it mirrored her own personality.
I like Just how energetic he is because I’m pretty energetic myself and pretty positive,” Marburger said. “It’s really fun to bring it out on stage and have a lot of emotion all of the time.”
Her energetic nature was definitely evident in one scene as the Cat in the Hat helps her imagine her bathtub as a ship at sea, complete with dancing fish.
Senior Madison Mason plays the Sour Kangaroo, which she said “matches my personal character perfectly.”
While Freshman Amber Benway, who plays Young Kangaroo, was pushed out of her comfort zone with a feistier character.
Junior Samantha Dahm enjoyed getting into her sassy character as a member of the Bird Girls.
“I love this outfit, I love everything about this character,” she said while pointing to her flapper-style dress.
She added that the colorful costumes and big set, along with the fun, up-beat music and choreography will appeal to those in the audience.
“This whole musical is super fun,” Dahm said. “It even says in our script to have fun with it and be simple, but dramatic. Being able to imagine these things, which is what this whole thing is about, has been really fun.”
Though Nelson added that putting everything together has been challenging. Many rehearsal times were lost because of snow days or weather over the winter. While they are playing catch-up, Nelson said the cast has come together to put the finishing touches on it.
Miner, along with the rest of the tech crew, have been busy helping the cast run lines, finishing up the costumes, running the music during rehearsals and more.
“Watching everybody just build into their characters and watch it all develop, it’s been really fun,” Miner said. “Everybody’s worked so hard on it. Lots of hours put in here and I’m excited to see the final product.”
She added that the audience will also enjoy seeing the finished production on April 5 and 6.
“I think it’ll just remind them of what it is to be a little kid and just have that imagination that you had when you were little. And seeing the characters that you love so much, like the Cat in the Hat,” Marburger said.
Nelson added that “Seussical” will have a little something for everyone in the audience, both young and old.
Tickets are on sale now at the high school office during school hours. Tickets are $8 for students and $10 for adults. They will also have tickets available at the door the night of the shows.